Woodford Frostfree Yard Hydrant


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Woodford Frostfree Yard Hydrant

I had to replace a yard hydrant and bought a Woodford Y34 from Amazon. I spent a day putting it in and taking it out because it leak at the bottom.

It leaks where I put an 3/4" elbow at the bottom of the hydrant. I put teflon tape around the male end and it still leaks. It leaks between the elbow and they brass hydrant bottom portion.

It was suggested to me that I use silicone caulk on the female part and teflon tape on the male part to stop the leak.

I called the manufacturer and they said something about buying it off a 3rd party on Amazon, it may not be a good hydrant.

Will putting silicone caulk on the female part and teflon tape on the male part end the leak?

It will be my 4th time taking it out and putting it back in and i am frustrated. Thanks for your help!!
 
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I called the manufacturer and they said something about buying it off a 3rd party on Amazon, it may not be a good hydrant
If you bought it thru amazon..... they will stand behind it and make good for it. Send it back.
 
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Old 07-05-21, 03:25 AM
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Thank You. I plan to use teflon tap and pipe dope today on that connection and if that does not work, will send it back.
 
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Their "installation" video shows using dope so tape and dope may do the job.
 
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Thank You. Lucky for me, a friend came over last night and mentioned I might want to research plumbers putty (I bought it Friday to use). Today, I went and bought pipe dope and more teflon tape.

That's exactly what I did, Both and have it in but waiting for everything to set before turning water back on. Will be tomorrow am as the critters will be without water by then.

I also purchased a new elbow and connection just in case and used the new. Cleaned the brass portion of the hydrant at the bottom really good.

I will post back tomorrow with good news!
 
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There's nothing to set. The joint compound doesn't dry. It just stays goopy.
You can apply water immediately.
 
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turned on the water and it still leaks at the connection between the elbow and the brass portion of the hydrant. Something is wrong and have started a return. Frustrating because the seller (not amazon even tho I purchased from amazon) is requiring me to pay for return postage.

Talked with Amazon rep. and they have requested a postage paid return label from the seller. I have never had success with this in the past. The Amazon page for this hydrant states free returns.

The Amazon rep. has e-mailed the seller requesting a postage paid return label and they have 48 hours to respond. UGH.

Will order a new one straight from the manufacturer.
 
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I suspect the hydrant threads and the elbow threads are not the same. Be sure to verify the thread type on both parts.
 
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How do you do that, verify the thread type?
 
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It leaks where I put an 3/4" elbow at the bottom of the hydrant
I had to replace a yard hydrant and bought a Woodford Y34 from Amazon
The item description should show the thread type for each item when purchased.
 
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The hydrant is advertised and shown as 3/4 NPT threads. And thatís standard. Your 90 elbow is probably standard NPT also.

I have had great luck doing the following, which I believe many plumbers also do:

Wrap your Teflon tape around the male threads on the hydrant. Smear a good coating of dope AROUND THE TAPE (no kidding). I use Rectorseal # 5. Itís like gooey mustard. Smear clockwise, same way as the tape was put on, so you donít disturb the tape.

Then tighten really good using 2 pipe wrenches, one to hold and the other to turn, making sure you hold at the right places so as not to break anything. Use some muscle.

I bet that will solve your problem.

https://www.woodfordmfg.com/woodford...structions.pdf




 
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That's exactly what I did and used a new elbow to boot. Still leaked. I called Woodford, told them where I purchaed the hydrant from and they suggested I take the head off after turning off the water supply and then turn water back on. Flushed the pipe by turning the water back on with the head and rod off for at least 90 sec. Then, turned water off and replaced both the rod and head.

I had a guy here yesterday who helped me do just that and I believe it worked. It's not leaking when the hydrant is turned off it appears (without getting down there) that the water draining out the drain hole stops after about a minute.

I'm not filling in the hole for a month, at least, lol. Just to be sure. The seller on Amazon was going to make me pay the shipping charge to return it. I'm so glad I tried this.

Here's hoping the problem is solved! Thanks everyone!!
 
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The seller on Amazon was going to make me pay the shipping charge to return it.
If you have a Prime account..... this response is not acceptable. Amazon Prime guarantees your satisfaction. Accept nothing less.
 
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Good to know Pete, thank you. I do not have Prime. But, believe I will keep the hydrant as it's no longer leaking since I flushed it out after taking the head and rod out.
 
 

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